Welcome to Pace Marion

About Pace Marion

Pace Center for Girls opened in Marion County in 2001, and since that time has served more than 1,000 girls. Our center is located in the Madison Commons building in downtown Ocala. We provide a welcoming environment to give girls the best possible support based on her individual needs and ambitions. Pace Marion enjoys the benefit of strong community support through volunteers and civic groups who supplement the academic and counseling services provided to at-risk girls in our community. We invite you to learn more about Pace Marion by contacting us for a tour.


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Pace Center for Girls - Marion

328 NE 1st Avenue, Suite 500

Ocala, FL 34470

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Phone: 352-369-0571

Fax: 352-414-5508

For enrollment referrals, contact:

Adrienne Youmans, Social Services Manager email

Referral Form

For general inquiries please contact:

Julie Williams, Business Manager email


Kimberly Vollmer Smith, Special Projects Coordinator email

Stories from Pace Marion
Alexis's Story

Alexis came to Pace as a sophomore nearing failure in school due to excess absences. She was being bullied and didn’t want to face going to school. Truancy issues put her at-risk for dropping out completely. Alexis liked that Pace was a smaller school, “Pace is like a second family, you get to know everybody and you always feel like you are at home. Everybody is friendly.”

At Pace, Alexis’ counselor immediately began working with her on attendance. Because she had the habit of missing school, the first months were focused on changing her normal routines and adopting habits that would lead toward a successful future. Counseling at Pace also helped her build a stronger relationship with her family.

After the first month, Alexis’ attendance began to improve, and she began making progress. Inevitably, however, she would become frustrated in class and want to go home. In these instances, she was able to meet with her counselor for a short time, then return to class. In her words, “My counselor gave me advice on how to handle my moods and attitudes.”

Before transitioning to finish high school, Alexis received Pace’s monthly perfect attendance award twice, and achieved Level 4 in the 5-level award system. Alexis describes the support she received, “Pace is the type of school that they want you to achieve your goals in life, they want to see you do good with your grades, they are always there to help you get your grades up.”

Alexis is working toward her goals. She came to Pace as a sophomore and left, less than one year later, as a senior. She has a strong attendance record at school, and is on track to graduate.

Girls attend Pace to get appropriate counseling and education in a nurturing environment. To become enrolled, they must be between 11 to 17 years old, at least one year behind in school, and have 3 or more risk factors.

Risk factors are the underlying issues that lead girls to academic underachievement. These are issues such as: foster home placement, substance abuse (by girl or family member), domestic violence, incarceration of a family member, neglect, physical/emotional/sexual abuse, grief, emotional health concerns, low income, and more.